Friday, November 30, 2007

The Strike Goes On


After a few days of “radio silence” while the WGA and AMPTP were at the negotiation table, word has come of continued resistance on the part of the producers.

The WGA proposal amounts to something in the neighborhood of a 3% raise for writers earnings. The studios earnings have increased by about 10%. Needless to say, we are still the proverbial red-headed stepchildren in the eyes of the studios.

The President of WGA stated:

For Sony, this entire deal would cost $1.68 million per year. For Disney $6.25 million. Paramount and CBS would each pay about $4.66 million, Warner about $11.2 million, Fox $6.04 million, and NBC/Universal $7.44 million. MGM would pay $320,000 and the entire universe of remaining companies would assume the remainder of about $8.3 million per year. As we've stated repeatedly, our proposals are more than reasonable and the companies have no excuse for denying it.

Given the BILLIONS made by the industry, this is relatively pennies. Come on folks, it is bad enough that the writer is the least welcome person on the set (somewhere behind the craft services folks and the janitors) but at least we should get something resembling fair pay.

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